Practical training on milkfish capture-based aquaculture in Fiji
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:40

By Tim Pickering


Milkfish have been identified by SPC, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and governments of Pacific Island countries and territories as a fish species that has potential for low-cost aquaculture. If viable in the Pacific, milkfish aquaculture could help meet the projected increased demand for food fish by growing populations, and the demand for fishing bait by tuna longline fleets.


Attributes that make milkfish (Chanos chanos, or yawa in Fijian) suitable for low-cost aquaculture include the possibility of capturing fingerlings from the wild for pond stocking, and rearing them on (mainly) natural feeds growing in the pond. This saves money because the cost of running a hatchery is avoided. Milkfish are low in the food chain and can eat naturally occurring sea plants and plankton in addition to low-cost formulated pellet feeds.

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